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Gulf War Newsletter - Winter 2017

Our View: Trail of Togus troubles points to deeper VA woes
A 'dangerous' doctor's actions call into question whether the agency

can root out and solve its own problems.

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What the VA Doesn’t Get About Mental Health and Drug Treatment

Something that is still poorly understood is how Veterans Affairs (VA) and other federal agencies

have contributed to the opiate epidemic by not effectively addressing one of the thorniest

problems in health care: the intersection between drug treatment and mental health care.

About 50 percent of the most severely mentally ill people also have a substance abuse

problem, while a little over half of drug addicts have at least one serious mental illness.

'He's a fat, f***ing liar':

Families of fallen soldiers slam Trump for saying past presidents never called them -

as one reveals Bush 'listened while I screamed at him and then held me as I sobbed'

​The sister of a soldier killed in the Iraq War has some

very strong words for Donald Trump

​​@realDonaldTrump When my brother was killed, Pres Bush listened while I

screamed at him & then held me as I sobbed, you fat fucking liar.

VA hospitals are struggling with staffing shortages, workers say

Nebraska-Western Iowa VA kept secret waiting list for some mental health appointments

VA secretary promises in writing not to cut benefit program for disabled vets

Shulkin sent a letter to veterans groups stating the VA “does not support a termination”

of the Individual Unemployability benefit program, which is available to

veterans who are unable to secure a job because of a disability.

SWEET: Trump exploits the death of his chief-of-staff’s Marine son

There is no bottom to how low President Donald Trump can go.  

What decent person is so insensitive to use the tragic death of a child to score political points?

That’s Trump, the commander-in-chief. He exploited the death of a soldier —

a son of his top staffer no less — to take another swipe at Obama.

​VA releases plans for sweeping health care overhaul

Veterans Affairs officials on Monday presented Congress with their formal plan to ease rules

concerning veterans seeking medical appointments outside the VA system at government

expense, potentially sending tens of thousands of new veterans into the private sector for care.

​Now is a terrible time for Trump’s VA secretary to abandon his post

A long-awaited overhaul of veterans’ health care is being unveiled to the world. At the helm

throughout the two years of developing this road map has been David J. Shulkin. As the U.S.

Department of Veterans Affairs is finally on the cusp of rolling out its master plan to ensure every

veteran has access to timely, quality care, the VA secretary reportedly is interviewing for another job.

As the Wall Street Journal revealed Friday, the White House brought Shulkin in last week to discuss

having him take over the Department of Health and Human Services, a post left vacant by the 

abrupt resignation of Tom Price. (VA did not confirm or deny the Journal’s reporting.)

AOPA reviews proposed VA rule

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association announced it is reviewing a proposed

rule by the Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Oct. 16 Federal Register.

Memo: Secret wait list kept for some Omaha VA appointments

A nurse’s aide plays video games while a veteran dies at Bedford VA hospital​

​Trump fires back after McCain attacks 'spurious nationalism'

US President Donald Trump has issued a warning to Senator John McCain a day after

his fellow Republican delivered a thinly veiled attack in a speech. "People have to be careful

because at some point I fight back," Mr Trump told a Washington radio station on Tuesday.

VA whistleblower: Agency is trying to "scare me away' through retaliatory actions

VA seeks ‘narrow’ exemption to for-profit college ethics law



When our troops go into battle, they focus on accomplishing their mission. Providing health

care to veterans should work the same way. Veterans’ health care reforms should answer how 

veterans can be served best. Unfortunately, too many people in Washington are more

concerned with maintaining the VA’s institutional status than giving veterans the best care.

This mindset jeopardizes care for our heroes who should be receiving quality,

timely care from the doctor or hospital of their choice.
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VA proposes Choice program overhaul that eliminates 30-day/40-mile rule

The Department of Veterans Affairs sent a bill proposal to Congress that would overhaul

how veterans receive health care in the private sector and do away with the

widely criticized “30-day/40-mile” rule, the agency announced Monday.

Our View: VA failings to treat vets simply don't stop

​​New revelations of abuse cover-ups
Now we’re once again confronted with a revelation that the VA has been covering

up the abuses of many of its own health-care practitioners who have badly served patients.

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Trump finally comments on soldier deaths in Niger;

falsely knocks Obama over his responses to dead soldiers

Breaking his public silence about four American soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger,

President Donald Trump said Monday he'd penned personal letters to their families and

planned to phone them later this week.He also claimed, without merit, that his predecessors

hadn't written or called the families of slain American troops during their tenures, though the tradition

of presidents reaching out after US servicemen are killed in action is long-established.

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The March on the Pentagon.
Fifty years ago, tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington to protest the Vietnam War.

The October 1967 March on the Pentagon — immortalized in “The Armies of the Night,” Norman Mailer’s “non-fiction novel” — was at that point the largest antiwar rally ever staged. Coordinated by a coalition of antiwar groups known as the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (“the Mobe”), it brought between 70,000 and 100,000 protesters to Washington to pressure President Johnson to end the war. One key organizer, Jerry Rubin, who with Abbie Hoffman would soon launch the mischievous Yippie party, helped give the event its countercultural cast. He announced beforehand a stunt by the poet Allen Ginsberg and others to “levitate” the Pentagon — provoking curiosity, mockery and (as intended) headlines. The weekend began on Friday, Oct. 20, with a rally at the Justice Department where hundreds of draft cards were “returned,” followed by a fundraiser featuring Robert Lowell, Mailer and Dwight Macdonald. The next morning, under sunny and mild skies, tens of thousands of protesters, mostly white, middle-class and young, gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to hear Phil Ochs and Peter, Paul and Mary, along with the inevitable program of speeches.

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Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers

On Oct. 4, the day four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were gunned down at the border of

Niger and Mali in the deadliest combat incident since President Trump took office, the

commander in chief was lighting up Twitter with attacks on the “fake news” media.

Trump told widow of fallen soldier 'he knew what he signed up for'

President Donald Trump told the widow of a US serviceman killed in the ambush in Niger that

"he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt," according to Rep. Frederica Wilson.

The body of Sgt. La David Johnson was returned home to the Miami area late Tuesday

afternoon, with the plane receiving a water cannon salute as it arrived near the gate.

Wow. Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich

"This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward..."

​Here is what he expressed: Coach Pop:
“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this President had said, and his approach

to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents

Obama and Bush never contacted their families, is so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the

words. This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large

by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner–

and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers–is as low as it gets. 

​VA officials promise they're not looking at benefits cut this year

​Confusion over the short-lived plan this week forced department leaders to issue a

letter to veterans groups clarifying they will not change the Individual Unemployability

program in fiscal 2018, and are looking for other cost-saving solutions in the future.

Editorial: ‘Problem’ doctors don’t belong in VA

When someone signs up to serve in the U.S. military, that person goes in with eyes open

knowing they might be sent to a foreign field, unfriendly waters, or dangerous skies. These are our

bravest citizens, and they go through extensive training. Still, once deployed they are never

absolutely certain what challenge, obstacle or life-and-death circumstance awaits. That

should never be the case when it comes to veterans and their health care.

The character, efficiency and overall quality of that care should

always be professional, above-board, and transparent for all concerned to see.

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These are known as derivatives.